Governments & Cities play a crucial role in creating and enabling conditions for a circular economy to emerge and thrive. They set direction and they are drivers of innovation and investment. The circular economy provides a framework which allows governments and cities to realise many of their economic, environmental and societal ambitions.

We work with city, regional, and national governments, as well as international institutions across the Foundation’s geographic focus areas: Europe, North America, Latin America, and China.

Governments & Cities create the enabling conditions for a circular economy, set direction, and drive innovation and investment.

Government & Cities activities

CE100

The Circular Economy 100 is a pre-competitive innovation programme...

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Circular Cities

We offer thought leadership and knowledge exchange for pioneering cities embeddi...

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Cities and the Circular Economy for Food

Mobilising new approaches to accelerate the transition to a circular economy for...

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New Plastics Economy

Brings together key industry stakeholders to create a circular economy for plast...

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Make Fashion Circular

For fashion to thrive in the future, we must join forces and design a circular e...

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Governments & Cities Network

Catalonia, Spain

Catalonia, Spain

Government of Catalonia and ACCIO, CE100 member

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Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, Belgium

Bruxelles Environnement, CE100 member

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Denmark

Denmark

Danish Business Authority, CE100 member

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London, UK

London, UK

London Waste & Recycling Board and Greater London Authority, CE100 member, New Plastics Economy Initiative Participant

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Phoenix, USA

Phoenix, USA

City of Phoenix, CE100 member

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Scotland, UK

Scotland, UK

Scottish Government, Zero Waste Scotland, and Scottish Enterprise. CE100 member, New Plastics Economy Initiative Participant

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Slovenia

Slovenia

Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia, CE100 member

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Alameda County, USA

Alameda County, USA

Stop Waste, CE100 member

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Engaging with governments

The Foundation engages with Governments & Cities in a number of ways. We advocate for policymaker engagement in the circular economy transition, develop policy-relevant insights, and engage Governments & Cities across the Foundation’s initiatives such as the CE100 and Systemic Initiatives in order to develop public-private collaboration. Finally, across all of our work we seek to develop partnerships with like-minded organisations in order to amplify our impact.

Engaging with governments

Toolkit for Policymakers

The report Delivering the circular economy: a toolkit for policymakers, describes a step-by-step methodology and demonstrates its application through a case study in Denmark. The report, published in 2015, includes 11 tools which aim to: assess a country’s circular economy starting position, define its ambition level, and select focus areas; systematically screen, sector-by-sector, circular economy opportunities, identify barriers that limit these opportunities and analyse policy options to overcome these barriers; and assess economy-wide implications.

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Toolkit for Policymakers

Related events

Annual Summit 2018

Highlights of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Annual Summit included prestigious speakers from the public sector: Marten Kaevats, digital adviser to the Estonian government, Mariana Mazzucato with the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose, the Deputy Mayor of Paris Antoinette Guhl and many more...

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Annual Summit 2018

Must-reads for Governments & Cities​

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has produced a series of reports and thought pieces that are relevant for the Governments & Cities audience.

Delivering the circular economy

Full digital report

Report

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A Toolkit for Policymakers

Plug & Play Tools

Resource

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Cities in the circular economy

An initial exploration

Report

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Cities in the circular economy

The Role of Digital Technology

Report

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Key Governments & Cities Content

Case Study

The City of Phoenix Clean Palm Program: Valorising a costly waste stream

Palm trees are a common species in tropical or desert landscapes and are often planted as ornamental features of...

Circulate

Which country is leading the circular economy shift?

Which country is winning the race to a circular economy? It’s not something one country can achieve by themselves...

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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation signs new agreement with UN Environment

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C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group joins the Foundation's network as a Platform Partner

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group have today joined forces to accelerate...

Case Studies

Discover more case studies

Case studies showing the implementation of a circular economy model and circular economy thinking...

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UN Environment Assembly recognises the role of transition to a circular economy in addressing pollution